A Field Guide to New York City Manhole Covers


18 Hexagons and 6 vents

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The Honeycomb Disrupted

This is a somewhat freaky honeycomb sewer cover where the usual alignment of hexagons has been twisted and the identifying letters are skewed in the center. Sloppy cement work around the lid add to the discombobulated effect.


Honeycombs in nature are made by hexagonal cells which share 6 walls with six surrounding hexagonal cells. In this cover the hexagonal 'cells' have all been turned so that they share no 'walls' with neighboring hexagons. Here the unifying element is that they all have one corner pointed towards the center. The letters too are twisted, seemingly to fit into the 6 pointed star created in the center.


The hexagons and vents still gets the message across: SEWER.


This lid may be unique (lets hope) and can be found on Amsterdam Ave at W179th St. in Manhattan.

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Don Burmeister -- Photographs